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The Battle for Britain

2 March 2019 9:00 am

We put a man on the moon before wheels on suitcases. What else are we missing?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The Romans never invented the stirrup. It took 50 years after the invention of canned food for someone to invent…

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Dear Mary: Plastic or wooden loo seats?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Q. Please advise on how I can move on from a social impasse. My best friend of 50 years claims…

Twenty years on, the Walbrook is still an enchantment

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Early last century, an impoverished youth emerged from the East End. Able and hard-working, he discovered — as many had…

Where on earth does ‘kibosh’ come from?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

‘What is a kibosh?’ asked a German medical friend of my husband’s, when the word cropped up. No one knew,…

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I’m all for abolishing flying: first-class on a liner is far more fun

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   It’s party time here. From the richest billionaires down to those impoverished souls with only a few million…

The strange people who keep a nightly vigil over my mother

23 February 2019 9:00 am

To begin with it was mice. The house was overrun with them. She saw them out of the corner of…

From Swarfega to cleanse and polish: my long path to perfect skin

23 February 2019 9:00 am

‘Is it for your daughter?’ said the sales assistant as I pointed to an expensive skincare product. She had glided…

Bridge

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Is it my imagination, or are we bridge players far more aggressive than we were a decade ago? I don’t…

Rock solid

23 February 2019 9:00 am

This year’s Gibraltar Masters saw some surprising results at the top, chiefly the victory by the young Russian, Vladimir Artemiev,…

no. 542

23 February 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is taken from Galinsky–Gunina, Gibraltar 2019. How can White finish off in this complicated position?…

Writer’s block

23 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3086 you were invited to submit a poem about the difficulty of writing a poem.   In…

2396: Reader…,

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights are a set of literary 40s. Their creator is hidden in the grid and should be shaded. Elsewhere,…

to 2393: Monster Mash-up

23 February 2019 9:00 am

HORROR FILM (1D) ACTOR (15) BORIS (10) KARLOFF (26), né PRATT (21A) died on 2 February 1969. Most famous for…

The Battle for Britain

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Roy Jenkins at an SDP conference in 1986 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

There's space for a new party in Britain, but not for another SDP

23 February 2019 9:00 am

I was 17 when the Labour party last split, in January 1981, and for a variety of reasons got quite…

A jubilant Daniel James celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the fifth round (Getty Images)

We football romantics love the fifth round of the FA cup

23 February 2019 9:00 am

And so we say farewell to the round of 16 in the FA Cup, traditionally a viscerally thrilling process that…

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Dear Mary: how can I hide that I’m no longer drinking?

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Q. I have given up drink except on certain occasions when it would be really rude to refuse. What’s the…

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A temple to small food in a room for rich people: the Ledbury in Notting Hill reviewed

23 February 2019 9:00 am

A serious restaurant for serious times: the Ledbury in Notting Hill. It’s a good time to do it, as the…

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There’s a lot of interrogating going on – and not just by policemen

23 February 2019 9:00 am

My husband sat in his usual chair, interrogating the contents of his whisky glass with his old, tired nose. In…

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Faithless husbands can be the best husbands

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   Who was it that said we always hurt those we love the most? I did just that last…

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‘I don’t know how ever Jerry stands it’: diary of a world war one artillery man

16 February 2019 9:00 am

My sister’s boyfriend is a solitary man and easily overwhelmed by another’s presence. On his rare visits he flits in…

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Why I could kiss Mark Zuckerberg

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Since posting some of my research into the RSPCA on Facebook, I now better understand the way social networking works.…

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Did the BHA call it right on equine flu?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

The pre-war Fabians Sidney and Beatrice Webb apparently had a pre-marriage agreement. It wasn’t like today’s Hollywood prenups, designed to…

Bridge

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Two of the best (and most enjoyable) Pairs and Teams tournaments of the year have just finished, and I miss…